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Imagine hearing the wonderful Australian poetry of Henry Lawson, Banjo Patterson and other famous bush poets in the historic setting of Henry Lawson’s Cave in Naremburn. Pop this upcoming event in the diary!

A don’t-miss event for the local area is coming up and it’s being held in a very historic local place – one you may not have even known was there. It’s Henry Lawson’s Cave!

Poet Henry Lawson, who lived in Naremburn for a time, reportedly used to spend nights at a bushland cave – “sleeping off the excesses after a day of after a day of spouting poetry in exchange for beers at the nearby Willoughby and Crows Nest Hotels.” The cave is located in our very own Flat Rock Gully and makes for a wonderful location for the community to come together and hear some Aussie bush poetry!

The evening will have readers Don Swonnell, Peter Carmody and Diana Bates bringing to life a variety of poems interspersed with music and bush ballads performed by Greg Dimmock, Alex Cronin and Jill Brown. You can even elect to read one of your own poems in the punters section. (If you wish to read a poem please advise when booking.)

This year is the 26th anniversary of the poetry reading at the cave which started from humble beginnings but has grown to become hugely popular.

Image: Kristina Dodds via WL Facebook Group

To top it all off, Willoughby Council will serve tea and damper for supper. You are encouraged to bring your own cushion to sit on and a mug if you wish. What better way to spend a balmy summer evening in the big smoke with memories from the bush?

Bush Poetry & Music at Henry Lawson’s Cave

When: Sunday, 26 February 2023 | 04:30 PM – 07:00 PM

Where: Henry Lawson Cave, Henry Lawson Cave, Willoughby Leisure Centre’s rear Car Park, Naremburn

To register (it’s free to attend): click here

For more great events, check the Willoughby Living What’s On Calendar: https://willoughbyliving.com.au/whats-on/